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Yemen's Houthi claim to break up US-Israel spy network, days after arresting UN staffers

Jun. 10, 2024 17:22 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s Houthi rebels said Monday they had arrested members of an “American-Israeli spy network” days after detaining at least 11 U.N. staffers along with others from aid organizations. Maj. Gen. Abdulhakim al-Khayewani, head of the Houthis’ intelligence...

Yemen's Houthi rebels detain 11 UN staffers as well as aid workers in sudden crackdown

Jun. 07, 2024 21:21 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Eleven Yemeni employees of United Nations agencies have been detained by Yemen's Houthi rebels under unclear circumstances, authorities said Friday, as the rebels face increasing financial pressure and airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition. Others working for aid...

Many leaders are more interested in power than helping end conflict, UN humanitarian chief says

Jun. 06, 2024 18:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders in many conflict areas are more interested in power and political rivalries than in listening to the needs of their people, improving their lives and ending the fighting, the United Nations humanitarian chief told The Associated Press. In an interview...

The UN says a quarter of the world's children under 5 have severe food poverty. Many are in Africa

Jun. 06, 2024 05:37 AM EDT

KALTUNGO, Nigeria (AP) — The 9-month-old twins cried nonstop and tugged at their mother, seeking attention but also food. They had received little in the past 24 hours, and there were signs of deeper hunger in the heads too big for their tiny bodies. “Not much milk comes out,”...

Russia's top diplomat promises more military support for Burkina Faso as he tours West Africa

Jun. 05, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday pledged more support to Burkina Faso in fighting militant groups as he pressed his whirlwind tour of West Africa in an attempt to fill a vacuum left by the region's traditional Western partners. Sergey Lavrov...

UN agencies say over 1 million in Gaza could experience highest level of starvation by mid-July

Jun. 05, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — United Nations agencies warned Wednesday that over 1 million Palestinians in Gaza could experience the highest level of starvation by the middle of next month if hostilities continue. The World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization said in a joint...

Famine is possibly underway in northern Gaza despite recent aid efforts, a new report warns

Jun. 04, 2024 23:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM, Israel (AP) — An independent group of experts warned Tuesday that it's possible that famine is underway in northern Gaza but that the war between Israel and Hamas and restrictions on humanitarian access have impeded the data collection to prove it. "It is possible, if...

Taliban evicted 6,000 displaced Afghans form informal settlements, says aid group

Jun. 04, 2024 11:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban authorities in Afghanistan have evicted thousands of displaced people in the capital Kabul and demolished their informal settlements, making more than 800 vulnerable families homeless, an aid group said Tuesday. The Norwegian Refugee Council urged Taliban...

Condemnations mount over Israeli proposal to label UN aid agency a terrorist group

Jun. 02, 2024 14:32 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Qatar and Saudi Arabia on Sunday condemned an Israeli parliamentary bill that seeks to label UNRWA, the main provider of aid for Palestinians in Gaza, a terrorist group, joining a growing number of nations opposed to the proposal. The bill, which passed a...

UN official highlights how better preparation has shrunk disaster deaths despite worsening climate

Jun. 01, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

As climate change makes disasters such as cyclones, floods and droughts more intense, more frequent and striking more places, fewer people are dying from those catastrophes globally because of better warning, planning and resilience, a top United Nations official said. The world...